Described in the Israeli National Press as a singer with
“…wonderful presence, musicality, and a shimmering, beautiful voice,” Iris Malkin represents a new generation of singers who effortlessly meld superb musical expression with exquisite vocal mastery and musicianship. Iris is a truly international artist who has performed widely in concerts and festivals in Israel, Europe, and the United States, with many performances broadcast via television and radio worldwide.

 

Iris began her musical studies as a small child in an environment where artistic expression and the sheer joy of music filled the home. As a mature artist in her homeland she has performed with renowned Israeli musicians and performing organizations, and she has had substantial works written specifically for her. In 2005 she graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music with a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and an Artist Diploma in Piano (with a Vocal Coaching emphasis), and was awarded the highly coveted America Israel Cultural Foundation Study Scholarships.

 

In addition to the mainstream operatic repertoire, Iris has distinguished herself in the world of Hebrew and Jewish works as well as the highly nuanced Spanish song repertoire. She possesses a unique passion for singing with small chamber ensembles and displays a prodigious gift for the music of today, where her keen intelligence and precision allow modern composers to experience the full impact of even the most challenging works. An artist with a tremendous work ethic, Iris is recognized for her ability to learn complex scores very quickly. She has worked with such distinguished artists as Teresa Berganza and Miguel Zanetti, and has performed under the baton of Pierre Boulez during the 2006 Lucerne Festival Academy, including in collaboration with Boulez’ celebrated Ensemble Intercontemporain.

 

Iris has also distinguished herself in her recordings for film. She is a featured soloist on the sound track of the film Kill Zone, which was nominated for Best Original Score at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2009. She has collaborated with such composers as Assaf Rinde, Patrick Morganelli, Inon Zur and Andrea Morricone on films, video games and movie trailers.

 

Iris is dedicated to sharing her passion for the art song recital with audiences around the world. As a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions in 2008, Iris was invited to perform art song recitals at the Previews Concert Series in Manhattan Beach, Music in the Mansion in Beverly Hills, and Second Sundays at Two in Rolling Hills Estates in California. Some of her previous engagements include solo performances at the Beverly Hills International Music Festival in California and the Assisi Music Festival in Italy, performing the Mezzo-Soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah and in Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Saint Louis Parish in Maryland, and being featured as a guest artist on the Colburn School’s Faculty Recital Series and on the American Guitar Society’s Recital Series. Iris was a recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest at Pepperdine for 2011. That year she made her debut performance with the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, performing De Falla’s El Amor Brujo and songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. In January 2012 she released her CD Cadencia, with songs from England, Spain, and Puerto Rico with guitarist Edward Trybek. Iris is the featured soloist on Stig Jonas Pettersson’s Album The Dracula Letters that was released in 2015.